With laconic wit and a tenderness immune to sentimentality Schulze starts to tell us ‘simple stories’, in pitch-perfect prose reminiscent of Raymond Carver, about. German writer Ingo Schulze’s first collection of short stories, 33 Moments Of The 29 anecdotal tales in Simple Stories range from the years. In the 29 stories of Simple Storys Ingo Schulze creates a mosaic of East German anxiety after the Wende of Like Raymond Carver.

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Piccole storie dopo la caduta del muro. Sonst verliert man schnell den Faden. Although it’s a novel, it is really more like a collection of short stories whose characters’ lives all intertwine to create a masterful yet confusing tapestry that explains what life was like in East Germany after But as the number of characters prolifrate, and events unfold in various time frames, it is necesary to begin each chapter, narrated from a diffrent perspective, with a radical shift in POV.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. With a piercing eye for detail and a simplf ear for dialogue, Schulze portrays the tragi-comedy of ordinary people caught up in the last great historical upheaval of the century.

Jennifer Gillan and Maria Mazziotti Gillan. Prize-winning German writer Ingo Schulze’s first novel, Simple Storiesis a marvel of storytelling and craft. May 04, Katalin rated it it igno amazing.

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Feb 17, Nathan Modlin rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. There isn’t a real plot, it is as if there were many snapshots of common life of common people in Sotries Germany.

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It was very well written and entertaining. Noch dazu waren die geschilderten Erlebnisse komisch oder uninteressant. Taking into consideration the fact that it is a translation from the German, I had to work too hard to ununravel the various tangled threads that weave schulzr this covoluted tale of dislocation and shifting alliances.

A series of very confusing and minimalist stories, all told by different characters, which only just hang together to give a depressing description of life in Germany after the East and West are united. Tat mich sehr schwer, es zu lesen, war aber im Grunde interessant. Preview — Simple Stories by Ingo Schulze. May 29, Cheryl rated it really liked it. Growing Up Ethnic in America. Read it Forward Read it first. Instead it is gradually revealed schulzf all of the tales are carefully woven into each other, with characters meeting simplle talking about each other, bit by bit revealing how they’re connected and deta A very interesting read!

Credo che il titolo “Semplici storie” riassuma molto bene le storie che Schulze ha voluto raccontare. Novels LOA Books by Ingo Schulze. Schulze skillfully intercuts an assortment of moving and comic vignettes about seemingly unconnected people, gradually linking them into an exhilarating whole of tidal unity and emotional force, until we see that all the time we have been reading a novel in glittering fragments, spun by a master. To ask other readers questions about Simple Storiesplease sign up.


It’s truly a very exciting read, as the full picture of the community is only gradually revealed to the reader, and the tiniest mention of an event in one of the early chapters might end up being a hint schklze the outcome of the story of another person who only gets his tale told towards the end! Ein richtig gutes Buch.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The April 3rd Incident. Schulze has won a number of awards for his novels and stories, which have been translated into twenty languages, among them into English by John E. The many separate stories in the beginning may come together to create something great but I have neither the patience or memory to get to that point.

From the Trade Paperback edition. I complex and beautiful novel about the difficult lives of east and west germans around the time of unification. Horsemen of the Sands. I found some of the description filled with anachronisms, which confused me about the time frame.

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